Symbol Technologies, Inc. is introducing the MC70 Pocket PC, called by the company a rugged Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA).
The new device offers multi-mode communications, including cellular voice/data communications, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. This new model joins the Symbol MC50 as the second device in Symbol's line of EDAs.
Targeted to the mobile enterprise market, the MC70 EDA combines a rugged Pocket PC and image or laser data capture technologies with wide area connectivity for voice and data into one centrally managed rugged device to capture, move and manage information at the point of business activity.
The new rugged MC70 EDA is lightweight, ergonomic and designed to withstand the rigors of everyday use in a variety of environments, including frequent four- foot drops to concrete and exposure to water and dust. It is intended for use both indoors and outdoors and across a variety of industries including field service, field sales, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, healthcare, government and retail, allowing users to perform applications such as asset management, parcel delivery, direct store delivery, medication administration, fleet management and mobile point-of-sale.
With support for high speed EDGE networks based on the GSM standard (eGPRS/GSM 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz) for wireless and Symbol's relationships with Cingular Wireless and other wireless carriers, the MC70 EDA is capable of delivering voice and wireless data that enable rich applications and enterprise-level security.
The MC70 EDA can also easily connect to an organization's wireless LAN (WLAN) via 802.11a/b/g for converged voice and data communications.
Based on an Intel XScale processor running at 624 MHz, the new Pocket PC comes with 64MB RAM and 128MB flash ROM. It runs the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system. It supports a QVGA (320x240 pixels) 3.5" TFT LCD.
The device measures 6 in. x 3 in. x 1.5 in (15.3 cm x 7.6 cm x 3.7 cm) and weighs between 11.2 oz (314 g) and 12 oz (336 g) depending on the option of having cellular access or not.
The Symbol MC70 EDA has a list price ranging from US$2,195 to US$2,845, depending on configuration, and will be available to order globally through Symbol partners.